Like to see how a workplace in the sub-tropical climate of Brisbane runs with no air-conditioning? Or what innovative materials were used to achieve a zero-carbon, sustainable building? Then register for a small group tour of the UQ Global Change Institute Living Building.
Friday 1 June 2018
The theme for the 2018 Global Change Institute photo competition is ‘Coral Reefs under Global Change’. Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface and play a crucial role in determining weather, stabilising planetary temperature and regulating the atmosphere. Life would not be possible without our oceans. Coral reefs make up 0.1% of the Earth’s surface, and yet they are known to house as much as 25% of all marine biodiversity. Research shows that at the current rate of warming, coral reefs – which provide food, jobs and storm protection to several hundred million people – will disappear completely by 2050. More than simply warming marine waters, climate change is also inducing increased ocean acidity that will take generations to negate. In this the International Year of the Reef, rising sea levels, unsustainable fishing, global pollution and coastal development are all threatening the future of our coral reefs, and the resources they provide.
Friday 8 June 2018
This event will be an opportunity to highlight the carbon-reduction potential of geopolymer concrete to representatives from industry, research and government. In addition, the workshop will examine the constraints preventing wider take-up of these advanced materials and explore potential opportunities for research collaboration. Please note the change-of-date. The event will be held on Friday, 8 June at the Global Change Institute.
Tuesday 12 June 2018
University of Queensland scientists are launching a new monthly series of seminars focussing on nutrient stewardship and the development of next generation fertilisers. Coordinated by UQ’s Professor Susanne Schmidt, this interdisciplinary group will include input from industry and government stakeholders.

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